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O’Donnell Asks: ‘How Stupid Is The American News Media?’

Geoff Harbaugh Contributor

In the middle of a tirade against Republicans in the Senate Wednesday Night, Lawrence O’Donnell asked a question that has been on many Americans minds for quite some time: “How stupid is the American news media?”

The MSNBC host claimed Republicans in the Senate “are lying about not having enough time” for a FBI investigation, and he doesn’t think the media is doing enough to expose “the crime against the truth,” being committed by Chuck Grassley and the Republicans.

The FBI investigates federal crimes, and as of Wednesday afternoon, Blasey Ford had not yet filed a complaint with the Montgomery County Police Department. The White House could ask the FBI to re-open its background check investigation on Kavanaugh.

O’Donnell asked, “How stupid is the American news media? This is one of those times we have to ask that question, and I don’t mean Fox News. I mean reporters and media organizations who should know better.”

“How many of them will just stick their microphones out there and let Chuck Grassley get away with any lie he wants to tell, about their being no time for an FBI investigation?” he asked. “This is when voters need the news media, because voters can not drop everything they are doing at work, and rush to Washington and occupy the halls of the Russell Senate Office Building or the Dirksen Senate Office Building, and tell those senators how they feel.”

The MSNBC host continued, “It is the Washington press corps now that has a job to do, and it’s an important job, and only they can do it. And that job is not to simply facilitate, and pass along the out right lies of Chuck Grassley and Orrin Hatch. And now all of the Republican senators, who are all lying, about the fact that there is no time for an FBI investigation. The news media’s job now is to penetrate, and expose that lie. That is a lie, and any member of the news media who accepts that lie unchallenged by any Republican member of the Senate is complicit in that lie. The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is on his way to committing a crime against the truth in his committee.”